Faith is a two way street
A relationship between two persons.
Divine faith is a relationship
Between us and Jesus.
It’s unlikely that anyone hard of face
And obstinate of heart
Will have faith with you.
The first reading says it: they'll have a frozen look, no matter what you say;
They'll exhibit a stubbornness of heart that remembers every slight.
When we tell our spouse, our friend
Our son or daughter
"I have faith in you" – then we work toward
Real trust, real love.
Jesus offered himself in faith
And was rejected by those who
Watched him grow up.
They prejudged him;
Their minds were made up;
Their conclusions already drawn.
He was the carpenter’s son
Nothing else, surely nothing greater.
Their faces were frozen
And their hearts hardened.
It can be the same way with us:
I’ve prayed before, I’ve asked for this 1.000 times
I know what the church will say
That freezes us into an old way of being
And eliminates the possibility of
A living faith strengthening
Our relationship with Jesus.
Faith is offered to us
To grow, to change,
To cooperate with God’s grace.
I think of the Thai soccer team
Trapped deep in the cave.
Their hopes were rewarded
When help arrived.
Now they need faith in God,
In their own ability,
In the skill and care of the divers
And in prophet-like courage
To save themselves and the others.
They need to learn how to dive,
To overcome their fears
And do it quickly and well.
One headline read: Fear and courage are both contagious.
Your own courage helps someone else.
And they need to cooperate
With the grace they have been given
To be rescued.
So do we.